Of Man Caves and Woman Caves

...rds like “mantastic” and throwing around headlines like “Chromed-Up Harley Hangouts.” From the preview on the Manland site, it seems Man Caves Mag delivers the usual man cave aesthetic package of neon beer signs, motorcycles and flat screen TVs. The editors of WOOD, promise that their Man Caves Magazine will “go behind the scenes to reveal what makes their personalized man space so popular—sometimes the most popula...

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Scrambled Eggs, Tomatoes and Bulgar

...ing on regular rotation. The description says it was served in taverns throughout Turkey and Armenia early this century. I like to imagine sitting in a shadowy cool tavern eating this with fresh flat bread and drinking a cool beer. It’s basically a simple scramble made substantial with bulgar wheat (aka burghul). See notes below for more on this ingredient. Havgtov Tzavar (burghul with eggs) 1 onion, finely choppedAbout 1 pound of tomatoes,...

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Qualitites of a Good Outdoor Room

...wood) A place to sit Art, objects, i.e. some human touch With these ideas in mind, how can I improve the outdoor spaces in the photos in this post? On the front porch I could add a small table to hold a book and a glass of beer. The space with the stove needs shelter from the sun during the morning (in another year the grapes will cover the arbor but until that time maybe I need to string up some shading). The earth oven we built definitely im...

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Gadget Love: The Johnson Temperature Controller

...t freezer, running at this higher temperature thanks to the temperature controller, results in a more active proofing. Make lagers (which ferment at low temperatures). Make ales in hot weather. The house gets too hot to make beer in the summertime. Now I can make a batch or two without having to worry about the weather.  Use the chest freezer as a backup when I need to repair the gasket on our Scandinavian refrigerator YET AGAIN! Not wanting t...

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Bacon Bits

...n lectures compliments of Leo Landis, Professor of Baconology. Yes, that’s his job! The Blue Ribbon Bacon package is available for $35 and includes admission to the three-day event, a commemorative hat, $10 in Bacon Bucks, a beer koozie, unlimited bacon samples at the Bacon Showcase, live music, bacon educational lectures, and a free drink. General admission tickets are also available for $30 per person. Keystone’s award winning golf courses ar...

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About Us

...011).  They live in the heart of Los Angeles, in a little bungalow set on a 1/12 acre lot where almost all of their land is devoted to growing edible or otherwise useful plants and trees. Their obsessions include bees, bikes, beer, chickens, healthy cities, healing herbs, simple living and good food. In short, everything DIY! We occassionally invite our friends to guest post for us. You may find writing here from Lora Hall (aka Homegrown Neighbor...

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Our Books

...ctivities done in the home, in the garden and out on the streets. Provides step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects, from building a 99-cent solar oven to making your own laundry soap to instructions for brewing beer. Making It is the go-to source for post-consumer living activities that are fun, inexpensive and eminently doable. Our goal in this book was to provide really stripped down, simple projects that use only inexpensive, e...

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Edible Rooftop Gardens

...sn’t on a roof, but it is smack dab in the middle of the city and was pretty impressive. And since I may be visiting Austin, I’d like to know of any cool projects or people I should visit there. Anyone who brews beer, builds bikes, does some serious composting, is an urban farmer or raises chickens would be great. And I’d love to see some community gardens. So Texas, I want to hear from you. Leave a comment or email me at ful...

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Revised and Expanded

...e a Viet Nam light• How to make a Euell Gibbon’s crock• How to make L’hamd markad, or preserved, salted lemons• How to make a bike light “The Urban Homestead… touches on vegetable gardening, poultry, DIY cleaning products and beer making — all outlined with a sense of play and fun. “—Whole Life Times “… a delightfully readable and very useful guide to front and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and ot...

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EDC Part I: Multi-tool and Knife

...man is to the Swiss Army knife what, say, Robert Johnson is to prog rock. One is direct and the other has, well, too many notes. The designers of the original Leatherman tool apparently felt that it’s fine to pop open a beer bottle after a hard days work but far too Eurotrashy to uncork a bottle of wine, at least that’s what I assume from the lack of a corkscrew. Though I just met someone who carries a tool I didn’t know existed...

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